April 26, 2018

Three arrested in online child predator sting




STROUDSBURG - Three men were arrested by detectives from the Monroe County Office of the District Attorney during an online child predator sting on Friday, April 20, 2018.  The DA’s office released information on the arrests yesterday (Wednesday).

In separate incidents, Cesar Aponte-Ortiz, 28, of Palmerton, and Stephan Warren, 31, of Shepherdsville, Kentucky, solicited sex from an undercover detective, believing that the detective was a 14-year-old minor child.  Each of the defendants were arrested by detectives when they arrived for the rendezvous.

A third man, Matthew Russo, 34, of East Stroudsburg, was arrested after he attempted to meet an undercover detective, also believing he would be meeting a 14-year-old, to smoke marijuana.  Russo was not charged with sex offenses.

Aponte-Ortiz and Warren were charged with sex offenses, including attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and attempted statutory sexual assault.  Both were jailed in lieu of $50,000 and $100,000 bail, respectively.

Russo was charged with corruption of minors and released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

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